Album Review

Namchylak, Sainkho / Sudnick, Nick – “Not Quite Songs” – [Leo Records]

abacus   9/14/2011   CD, Jazz

This delightfully disturbing duo will keep you entranced and enthralled with their shamanistic lullabies and post-industrial ritualism. Sainkho, hailing from The Tuva region of Russia, is a trained tuvan throat singer who utilizes her 7-octave range to explore every sonic possibility that the human voice has to offer. Nick Sudnick, from the Soviet experimental group Zga, constructs his own “electro-acoustic sound objects.” Using mostly heavy metals wired and processed to reflect the rust and corrosion of the industrial state, he also mixes with more organic materials like wood, horse hair, bones and frame drums to draw on the Steppes influence. Expect ghostly desert ragas, satanic incantations and childish warbling, eery cuckoo clock grooves, demonic whispers amidst haunted playhouse animations, kabuki cartoon cackling and much more. Check out 2,6,9,11-14 for the more “musical” tracks. Enjoy!

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